Will A Reusable Engine Air Filter Really Get Better Gas Mileage?

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Engine air intake filters are important for making sure your engine is “breathing” clean air, for proper function and ventilation. They should be changed frequently to maintain top-notch performance. 

Some brands offer reusable engine air filters, which can be cleaned rather than replaced, and claim that they can do a number of things like increase horsepower, acceleration, and, in particular, gas mileage. So are those claims true? The team here at Subaru of Morristown’s Parsippany area service center is here to take a look.

The Truth About Reusable Engine Air Intake Filters

Reusable engine air filters are made from a special material that can be cleaned, either by hand or using a compressed air hose, and reinserted under the hood for further use. They may offer respectable performance–though some studies have found they can allow even more dirt and grime into the engine than traditional disposable filters.

The idea that reusable air filters provide enhanced performance and gas mileage, however, is even more dubious. Nothing has proven any enhanced performance, and EPA testing showed that even clogged-up conventional air filters displayed no significant loss in gas mileage when compared with their reusable counterparts. 

Ultimately, the choice is yours as for what air filter you want to use in your Subaru. The reusable filter may last longer, but it adds a bit of hassle with having to clean it repeatedly. For a simple, straightforward conventional air filter change, schedule service with Subaru of Morristown. 

And if you’re the type to make those changes yourself, no sweat: We won’t hold it against you. But we will suggest getting in touch with our Subaru parts department to get your hands on a great new air filter for your vehicle!

What Does the Subaru Keyless Access System Do?

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The days of jamming a key into the car door to open it went out the window years ago when the lock/unlock remote came onto the scene. More recently, the very idea of an ignition key has begun to fade, thanks to keyless access and push-button start.

On new Subaru models, a new available keyless access and start system allows you to simply get into your car and get going as quickly as you can pull a door handle and press a button. 

How Does Subaru Keyless Access Work?

The keyless access system is a safe way to enter your car because the door handles will only open if your key remote is nearby. It sends out radio singles that interact with antennas in the car, notifying your Subaru that it can be unlocked. The same applies for the push-button start system available in many Subaru vehicles. 

The keyless access system can be customized using your Subaru’s computer. With the car on, press “Settings” on the Starlink navigation screen, and then press the “Vehicle Customization” tile. From there, you’ll be able to set how the system works, like whether to allow access to all doors when your remote is in range, or just the driver door.

Keyless access has been available on every Subaru model since 2015, although not necessarily on every trim level. On many models, it’s an option on higher trims. Check out our 2019 Subaru trim level comparisons to see which particular models offer keyless access.

If you need to replace your Subaru remote, head on over to our New Jersey-based Subaru parts department. And if you want to see keyless access, and all of Subaru’s other great technology tools, in person, visit Subaru of Morristown soon!

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